Today's poem is by Ronald Wallace


My sister gets a tattoo
and calls me up to tell me:
Guess what your crazy
spontaneous sister did?

And I say I dunno, got married?
No. Bought a house? No.
She's fifty for god's sake,
who knows, I think, what she'd do?
But, Got a tattoo, she says.
Oh, I say. What do you mean,
she says. But I think "oh"
is self-evident, so I say
nothing, and she says, I
got a tattoo!
So I say, you
got a tattoo! And she says, That's
more like it! A tattoo!
And I say
A tattoo! And it goes on like
a military parade. A tattoo!
A tattoo! A tattoo!

Copyright © 2007 Ronald Wallace All rights reserved
from Margie
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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